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Tymir Cardona’s goal-line interception seals Bombers’ 40-33 win – Information-Herald

Possibly figuring out what you are doing is overrated.

Having a 35-inch vertical leap? Yeah, that is by no means overrated.

Tymir Cardona, all 5-foot-7 of him, climbed the ladder for a one-handed interception with lower than a minute to play to protect Kenston’s 40-33 win over College in a Division III, Area 9 playoff opener Oct. 28.

Cardona, Kenston’s main receiver this yr, mentioned he often would not play protection. However he got here up with the defensive play of the sport to present the Thirteenth-seeded Bombers (8-3) the upset win over the fourth-seeded Preppers.

“I actually did not know what I used to be doing,” Cardona mentioned, “however I knew they had been taking a shot to the tip zone. My man ran vertical and I had my hand on him, however I noticed the ball within the air and I simply made a play.

“I often do not attempt to catch one with one hand as a result of I bought yelled at.”

That wasn’t the case this time. After the interception, Kenston knelt on the ball 3 times to ship the Bombers to a regional quarterfinal in opposition to Youngstown Chaney, a 35-21 winner over Alliance.

“He is phenomenal,” Kenston coach Jeff Grubich mentioned. “He is an incredible athlete. I am happy with how arduous he is labored.”

That the sport got here all the way down to a defensive cease was considerably of a shock because the first half consisted of eight touchdowns by the 2 groups and a mixed 639 yards of offense within the first 24 minutes of play.

However Kenston, which did not cease College one time within the first half and trailed, 27-25, bought a pair of defensive stops to begin the third quarter.

After forcing a College punt, Kenston wanted solely three performs to attain, with Sean Patrick operating three yards for the rating.

On the subsequent drive, Kenston’s protection bought a cease on fourth down. Patrick capped that drive with a 10-yard run for a 40-27 lead.

“Speaking at halftime, we mentioned we have gotta get a cease,” Grubich mentioned.

They bought two of them and in impact modified the complexion of the sport.

“If something, I screwed up,” US coach Ben Malbasa mentioned of the third quarter stops. “I feel I bought away from what we do finest. It bought us out of rhythm. I’ve bought to recollect generally that one of the best factor you are able to do as coaches as hold us in rhythm.”

On the following kickoff, College (8-2) fumbled and Kenston recovered on the ten. However an inadvertent whistle gave the Preppers possession, and so they drove 90 yards, with Jackson Boland scoring on a one-yard run to chop the margin to 40 -33 with 6:36 left.

College’s Ryan Pattison carries in opposition to Kenston on Oct. 28 at Euclid. (Tim Phillis – for The Information-Herald)

In an try to run out the clock and never give the ball to College, Kenston went for it on fourth-and-inches deep in its personal territory. However a fumble on the play was recovered to present US the ball at digital point-blank vary.

“I wager on my children. On the finish of the day, I all the time wager on my children,” Grubich mentioned of his choice to not punt. “Sadly we fumbled the snap there. The protection needed to are available and I wager on these guys, too, and so they completed the sport for us.”

Boland had an enormous recreation for the Preppers, with 4 landing passes — two to Jonathan Diaz, one to Ryan Pattison and one to Brian Kellon — in addition to a landing run. He completed with 307 yards via the air.

“I am happy with our quarterback. He got here again and performed his finest recreation,” US coach Ben Malbasa mentioned. “I do know he is devastated during the last play, however boy, he made a ton of performs to get us there tonight. And boy, Brian Kellon is a few type of soccer participant.

“I am a proud soccer coach tonight.”

As traditional, Sean Patrick did a number of work for the Kenston offense. He scored 4 touchdowns with runs of 81, 49, 3 and 10 yards. His runs of 81 and 49 yards within the first half had been one-play landing drives for the Bombers. He completed with 264 yards dashing and 112 receiving, for a grand complete of 376 yards of yards from scrimmage.

Nikko Georgiou had a 17-yard landing move to Cardona and a 12-yard scoring run, each within the first.

Malbasa mentioned Patrick was a giant drawback to defend all night time lengthy.

“Is the opponent having nuclear weapons an issue?” he mentioned likening Patrick’s productiveness to such devastation. “Sure. Sure.”

Stated Patrick, “Each time I hit the opening, I had 5 – 6 yards. I knew it was going to be an extended day for the protection. My linemen had been blocking nice. When we now have that connection, we’re just about unstoppable.”

Each Patrick and Cardona mentioned the Bombers felt just like the underdog and disrespected as a No. 13 seed.

“Grube put up on the fence, ‘Do your 1 of 11,’” Patrick mentioned. “We preached that. I felt like everyone did job.”

Within the face of defeat, Malbasa shrugged.

“What might be higher than a recreation that ends on the aim line?” he mentioned.

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